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Old 03-13-2020, 12:58 PM
 
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It's a widely known historical fact that many Appalachians migrated to cities like Columbus , Detroit , and Chicago in the post WW2 era , however the same cannot be said of places like Philadelphia , NYC , and Boston ...


Of course Baltimore received a fair amount , however that city seems to be the lone exception ...

In short how and why did this state of affairs come about ?

Also are there any good books and/or articles out there that deal with this subject ?
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Old 03-13-2020, 01:07 PM
 
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Because most manufacturing jobs migrated westward.
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Old 03-13-2020, 01:56 PM
 
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I grew up in Columbus in the 50’s and we had a large population of people from West Virginia. While Southern Ohio was more rural and agricultural back then Central and Northern Ohio had a lot of manufacturing jobs available. And moving to an adjacent state wasn’t all that difficult especially if you had family members who had already moved and would take you in until you got settled in and found a place to live.
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Old 03-13-2020, 04:06 PM
 
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Because most manufacturing jobs migrated westward.

Even as early as the post WW2 period ?


I mean I know that textile manufacturing in New England slipped into a period of decline as far back as the 1930s , however the same didn't apply to all manufacturing sectors in cities like NYC and Philadelphia , unless I'm mistaken ...

Granted it's also a fact that Northeastern cities didn't have the same type of industry ( like auto and steel manufacturing ) that the Great Lakes states did , yet there was still a good bit of light industrial activity ( such as garment manufacture ) going on in cities like NYC into the 80s ...

Come to think of it I've actually read that many Appalachians migrated to cities like Akron , because they thought that working in a rubber factory was much easier and safer as opposed to working in a coal mine ...

Which makes the fact that Northeastern cities with plenty of light industry ( like NYC ) not having received significant numbers of Appalachian migrants all the more stranger ...
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Old 03-14-2020, 11:11 AM
 
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Where did all the AAs of the northeast come from then?
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Old 03-14-2020, 01:22 PM
 
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Where did all the AAs of the northeast come from then?

I imagine most African Americans who migrated north as well as west came from the Lower South what with said states having a rather high percentage of African Americans to this very day unlike Appalachia ...
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Old 03-14-2020, 07:31 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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It's a widely known historical fact that many Appalachians migrated to cities like Columbus , Detroit , and Chicago in the post WW2 era , however the same cannot be said of places like Philadelphia , NYC , and Boston ...


Of course Baltimore received a fair amount , however that city seems to be the lone exception ...

In short how and why did this state of affairs come about ?

Also are there any good books and/or articles out there that deal with this subject ?
Really?

Can you explain my co-workers in Philadelphia who, like me, were Boomers, and came to Philadelphia and South Jersey from North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia?
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Old 03-14-2020, 08:14 PM
 
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It's a widely known historical fact that many Appalachians migrated to cities like Columbus , Detroit , and Chicago in the post WW2 era , however the same cannot be said of places like Philadelphia , NYC , and Boston ...
Maybe it's because the hillbillies weren't THAT desperate.
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Old 03-14-2020, 08:28 PM
 
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Really?

Can you explain my co-workers in Philadelphia who, like me, were Boomers, and came to Philadelphia and South Jersey from North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia?

I mean I'm not aware of Philadelphia having/having had any significant numbers of Appalachian enclaves in the post WW2 era ...


That said you may very well know more about this issue than I do , in which case please feel free to correct me/expound on the subject .
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Old 03-14-2020, 08:30 PM
 
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Maybe it's because the hillbillies weren't THAT desperate.

What do you mean by they weren't that desperate ?
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